A seriously positive Bangladesh
Max Mystel Weekend

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There’s a lot of boom, doom and gloom looming – that’s a lot of ‘ooms;’ around because of what happened on July 2. However, among all this chaos, let’s try and switch our minds to the more positive things that have happened since then. Allow me to bring these things to your attention, completely ignoring any chronological order:

  • Mustafiz has been praised plenty since his visit to England. Playing for team Sussex, his team after winning against team Essex, praised him and also posted the timings for their next match in Bangla.

    With his performance, he has won over many hearts, at home and in England. However, due to a recent shoulder injury, he has had to miss the Gloucesterhire game.

    I can’t help but do this really corny joke here: “What did the doctor say to him about playing in the Gloucestershire game? I am sorry mate. You’re Fizzycally unfit.” Jokes aside, I wish his recovery is as fast as his bowling pace.

  • In a world saturated by smartphone users and developers competing for high number downloads, a new app has taken iPhone users by storm; Prisma.

    Here’s what I thought would happen in the homes of kids trying to join this bandwagon; “What did Nazmul say to his mother, when she wouldn’t buy him an iPhone? Pris ma, amake kiney dao.

    If you’re an android user then time to call up your friends who own an iPhone. Make them understand the true meaning of friendship, which is: “A friend in need, is a pain in the butt.”

  • Shakib Khan’s new film Shikari saw its release during Eid. The film is a collaboration between an Indian and a Bangladeshi director. According to Wikipedia, in 14 days since release, it has grossed over Tk60m and is the highest grossing film of the year.

    However, his co-star Srabanti Chatterjee has been quoted in an interview with a Bangla daily, whose name escapes my mind, to have said: “Shakib Khan without a beard looks very much like a woman.” To this, I would like to ask you: “It’s very rude to ask a woman her age. So my question is…how much do you weigh?”

  • July 2 marked a tragic day in the history of Bangladesh. However, on the very same day we also got ourselves the Dhaka to Chittagong 4-lane highway.

    Now, I haven’t been on the highway myself but we all know how dangerous these journeys have been; vehicles zooming in opposite directions, while being inches away from each other. With this, I can’t help but believe that many deaths and injuries will be prevented.

  • Despite my terrible childhood and my shaky relationship with my dad; with me choosing to be a comedian and all my life has always been really…sorry, wrong column.

    Anyway, my dad would always tell me stories about our national resources. He always seemed to be very proud when talking about one of them. He called it shonali aansh aka ‘the golden fibre of Bangladesh jute.’

    Rajshahi is a city in the north where jute is farmed. This year, jute farmers have had an amazing yield. Not only that, but according to farmers, besides the yield, its – jute – market prices have also seen an improvement; from last year’s Tk1,400 – Tk1,500 per mound to this year’s Tk1,700 – Tk1,900 per mound. As a result, farmers all over the region have been overall very keen to cultivate more of this fibre.

There you go, I am glad that I stumbled across these bits of positivity in these arduous times.

More importantly, I am glad I got to share it with you, the reader. On a closing note, I would like to leave you with a Bill Hicks joke: “If you have a problem with me expressing my opinion, I suggest you look around the world we live in and………..shut the hell up!”

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